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BRIC ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING FOR FALL 2016 SEASON AT BRIC ARTS | MEDIA HOUSE

Aug 5, 2016 • 5:45 PM

BRIC ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING FOR FALL 2016 SEASON
AT BRIC ARTS | MEDIA HOUSE

 

In Its Award-Winning Arts Center in Downtown Brooklyn, BRIC Presents and Incubates Fresh Work by Artists and Media-Makers Reflecting NYC’s Diversity

 

Performances, Contemporary Art Exhibitions, TV Programs and Artist Residencies to Include:

 

  • BRIC JazzFest, the second installment of BRIC’s annual jazz festival that brings together globe-trotting jazz legends and groundbreaking emerging jazz artists from Brooklyn and beyond. Performances will take place throughout BRIC House. Participating artists include the Eddie Palmieri, Terrace Martin, David Murray Quartet, Julian Lage, Marc Ribot, among others (October 11–15).

 

  • Ronald K. Brown / Evidence, A Dance Company return with a program of works that express love, joy and community connection (November 17–20).

 

  • BRIC Biennial: Volume II, Bed Stuy/Crown Heights Edition, featuring the work of 40 artists from Crown Heights/Bed-Stuy, with a Focus on Affect Theory, which Places Emphasis on Bodily Experience Rather than on Learned Knowledge.

 

  • Material Culture, a group exhibition featuring the work of eight contemporary visual artists who engage with and respond to essential elements of textile: weaving, pattern, draping, embellishing, and wearing (September 8–October 23).

 

  • A celebration of the one-year anniversary of BRIC TV, a Brooklyn-focused, award-winning cable TV channel and digital network created by BRIC and based at BRIC House. New series premieres include “BRIC TV Investigates” and “Brooklynification;” as well as the return of favorites such as the daily “BK Live,” the “#BHeard Town Hall Series,” “BK Stories” and Caveh Zahedi’s “The Show about the Show.”

 

  • BRIC Artists-in-Residence The Knights, a Brooklyn-based orchestral collective that is flexible in size and repertory and is dedicated to transforming the concert experience, present orchestral and family-friendly concerts (October 22-23 & December 10-11).

 

  • The next installment of Shoptalk, co-presented with Vertigo Theater Company, a casual salon-style gathering of theater makers engaging with the pressing topics that define theater today. Queering Theater (October 3) considers the experiences, struggles and victories of LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people in theater.

 

  • anatomy theater (January 7-15), a new opera composed by David Lang with libretto by Mark Dion and David Lang, makes its New York premiere as part of the PROTOTYPE Festival. anatomy theater follows the astonishing progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and, ultimately, public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers.

 

  • Work-in-progress presentations by performing artists in BRIClab, an incubator program for new work: Mersiha Mesihovic’s BOSNIANBORN *SHE IS A REFUGEE STAR* (September 15-16), Migguel Anggelo/Mau Quiros/David Drake’s The Suitcase Project (September 29-30), Annie Wang/Mohamed Yousry Shika/Laura X Moya’s Marigram (October 27), The Commons Choir’s BROOKLYN REZOUND (November 10-11) and Geoff Sobelle’s Home (December 8-9).
     

As the 2016 edition of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival comes to a close, BRIC is pleased to announce programming for its fall 2016 season at BRIC Arts | Media House (BRIC House), the organization’s 40,000SF home in Downtown Brooklyn.

 

With offerings ranging from weekend music marathons to daytime family programming, plus rigorously curated exhibitions featuring some of Brooklyn’s most exciting artists, BRIC House has quickly become one of New York City’s most inviting and accessible spaces to experience the arts. It has been named “Best Neighborhood Catalyst” by the Municipal Arts Society and called “the snazzily re-designed headquarters of BRIC, the venerable Brooklyn arts organization” by The New York Times. BRIC received the 2015 Building Brooklyn Award for Community Development by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, awarded to “renovation projects that improve the borough's diverse neighborhoods and economy.”

 

BRIC has produced a number of Brooklyn’s most widely renowned and long-standing cultural programs, including performances, art exhibitions, and public programs; Brooklyn-focused digital and cable TV content; and family, youth and adult education programs. Most BRIC events (including among others the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, gallery exhibitions, The Stoop Series and BRIC Flix) are free; tickets to selected events at BRIC House range from $8–$60.
 

Leslie G. Schultz, President of BRIC, said, “This fall, BRIC House will once again be filled with adventurous programming of the highest quality, and will of course continue to be a welcoming cultural town square for all.  BRIC’s support of Brooklyn artists and media makers in the development and presentation of inspiring and diverse new work, is unparalleled. And this season is one not-to-be-missed!”

 

Jack Walsh, BRIC’s Vice President of Performing Arts, said, “A truly magical, music marathon awaits you this fall at  BRIC Jazzfest, as well as an exciting array of theater, dance and interdisciplinary performance.”

 

Elizabeth Ferrer, BRIC’s Vice President of Contemporary Art, said:  “We are especially excited about the forthcoming BRIC Biennial. In this second edition of the Biennial, we will focus on artists based in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, two neighborhoods that have seen an enormous influx of young artists in the last several years.  The exhibition will extend to three other Brooklyn art venues including the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library, Weeksville Heritage Center, and Five Myles, making this the largest exhibition in BRIC’s history.” 

 

Aziz Isham, Executive Producer, BRIC TV, said: “BRIC TV is a prime example of the power and appeal of local non-profit television as an alternative to the continually consolidating mainstream. We have come a long way towards showing how a small, diverse team of producers and journalists can provide a unique perspective and make a big impact. And now, with the launch of BRIC Radio, we are expanding our ability to share ideas and reach audiences in a new and fresh way. As we reflect on the terrific work our team has produced over the past year, we are even more excited about sharing what we have in store for the new season.”

 

Tickets to BRIC House events are currently on sale (unless otherwise noted) and may be purchased online at BRICartsmedia.org/tickets or via phone at 866.811.4111. The Box Office at BRIC House is open on performance days, one hour prior to the event. BRIC House is located at 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn. BRIC House is open weekdays and Saturday at 8am and Sundays at 10am.

 

RIC FALL 2016 PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS

 

CONTEMPORARY ART
 

Gallery & Project Room

 

Material Cultures

On view: September 8 – October 23, 2016

Opening Reception: September 7, 2016, 7-9PM

FREE Admission

 

Material Cultures is a group exhibition featuring the work of eight contemporary visual artists who engage with and respond to essential elements of textile: weaving, pattern, draping, embellishing, and wearing. Working in a range of media, the works produced by these artists highlight the role of textiles in shaping traditional and contemporary culture, recognizing the conceptual power of cloth as reflective of the human experience. Exhibiting artists include Laura Anderson Barbata, Xenobia Bailey, Lucia Cuba, Adrian Esparza, Elana Herzog, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Sophia Narrett and Marela Zacarias.

 

The exhibition is curated by Jordana Martin, Founder of Oak Knit Studio and TATTER.org, Brooklyn; Elizabeth Ferrer, Vice President, Contemporary Art, BRIC; and Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator, BRIC.

 

Artist Panel Discussion

Sep 28, 2016, 7PM

Free

Join us as exhibition artists Lucia Cuba, Elana Herzog, Sophia Narrett, and Marela Zacarias talk about the themes and subjects addressed in their work and in the Material Cultures show.

 

BRIC Biennial:  Volume II, Bed Stuy/Crown Heights Edition

On view: November 10, 2016 to January 15, 2017

Opening Reception: Wed, November 9, 2016 | 7-9pm

FREE Admission

 

The BRIC Biennial:  Volume II, Bedford-Stuyvesant/Crown Heights Edition is the largest and most ambitious exhibition to date organized by BRIC. This second edition of this initiative will be centered at BRIC House, with portions of the show also on view at important cultural institutions and art spaces in the neighborhoods being covered by the show: Weeksville Heritage Center, the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library, and FiveMyles. 

 

The work of hundreds of artists based in Bedford-Stuyvesant/Crown Heights were reviewed in order to select the 40 included in this the exhibition.  This edition of the BRIC Biennial will focus on the theme “Affective Bodies,” drawing from affect theory, which places emphasis on bodily experience rather than on learned knowledge. Artists exhibited at Weeksville Heritage Center will be grouped under the theme, “The Lived City,” considering how people’s lives and experiences endow urban spaces with emotional resonance. The exhibition at the Brooklyn Public Library, “Translations and Annotations,” will focus on artists who use existing texts to find new, personal meaning.  And finally, Five Myles will focus on presenting a series of performance artists.

 

Exhibition artists include Lala Abaddon, Brandon Coley Brooklyn Hi Art Machine, Cox, Zachari Fabri, Aaron Gilbert, Sara Jimenez, Deanna Lawson, Rachelle Mozman, Kambui Olujimi,, Macon Reed, and William Villalongo

 

Overall, the BRIC Biennial highlights the significance of Brooklyn as the place where New York artists create work and develop their careers.  By focusing on a small geographic area, comprehensive research can be undertaken on artists in the selected neighborhoods, highlighting those who are making important creative contributions with their work. 

Hallway & Window Commission:

This commission provides space for visual artists to create installations frequently in dialogue with exhibitions on view in the Gallery.

 

Jen Bervin: Tiraz and Silk Line

On view: September 7 – October 23, 2016

BRIC House Hallway
FREE

 

Jen Bervin’s works combine text and textiles with conceptual elements and a minimalist’s eye for the poetic and the essential. Her installation, Tiraz, will transform the BRIC Hallway into an early Islamic form of cloth. The tiraz was given as a gift, with a single band of Arabic script embroidered in silk on linen. The running text in the hallway will refer to the epigraphist’s description of the fragmentary blessing on Tiraz 73.650.

 

Silk Line is a durational piece by Bervin that will be located in the window leading into BRIC House. During her performance, Bervin will draw a continuous line with a white china marker on the window using the same filament pattern the silkworm makes in creating its cocoon. This project is presented in conjunction with the Gallery exhibition, Material Cultures.

 

Café Commission:
The café features a rotation of large-scale commissioned murals that envelop the first floor café space.

 

Sara Jimenez: Recede, 2016

On view: September 7, 2016-February 15, 2017

BRIC Café
FREE

 

Sara Jimenez’s works in varied media and formats includes large installations, works on paper, and objects which undergo organic change through their use of salt crystals and other natural elements. Such works inhabit the strange yet perpetual spaces of the in-between. The result is art that is constantly in-between creation and degradation. She also produces work that engages questions of identity, culture, displacement, and home. In Recede, Jimenez has complied a series of her salt drawings. The salt drawings are a combination of salt crystals, pencil and collaged familial and historical imagery from the Philippines. The mural references an abyss or deep oceanic space, a metaphor for fragments of cultural histories that are lost, preserved or have shifted. Jimenez is interested in exploring memory as a state of flux, where images and objects appear on the verge of absence or transformation.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

 

BRIC JazzFest

October 11-15

BRIC House, various spaces

 

This second installment of Brooklyn’s new jazz festival will celebrate some of the most exciting globetrotting jazz legends, as well as a huge crop of groundbreaking new jazz artists from Brooklyn and beyond. The festival culminates in a multi-night marathon with ensembles performing overlapping sets spanning the BRIC House Ballroom, the Stoop overlooking the Gallery and a jazz club inside the Artist Studio. Each evening is designed so the audience can move freely among performances and catch some or all of the artists each night while enjoying great food and drink from the BRIC House café and bar.

 

Confirmed artists include Eddie Palmieri, Terrace Martin, David Murray Quartet, GoGo Penguin, Marc Ribot Trio, Krystle Warren, Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore, Ben Allison, Harold Lopez Nussa, Julian Lage w/ Scott Colley & Kenny Wollesen, Igmar Thomas & Marc Cary, Lakecia Benjamin, Big Yuki, Michael Olatuja, Sofia Rei, Kandace Springs, James Francies, Bria Skonberg, Edmar Castaneda, Los Hacheros, Inyang Bassey, Kenyatta Beasley, Jason Marshall, and Brooklyn Raga Massive Ensemble. A full roster of artists and schedule to be announced in late August.

 

Conceived and curated by Jack Walsh, Diane Eber, and Brice Rosenbloom. A limited number of full BRIC JazzFest discount passes are available.
 

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company

November 17- 19, 8pm

November 20, 7pm

BRIC House Ballroom

$18 Adv | $21 Door, General Admission Seated

 

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company returns to BRIC House with a program of works that express love, joy and community connection including: Truth Don Die (2006), reimagined with community performers taking the stage alongside Evidence company members; She is Here (2016), a recently premiered solo now performed by various women in the company; Ife/My Heart (2005), a work originally created for The Alvin Ailey Company; and Ebony Magazine: To A Village (1996), on the 20th anniversary of its original premiere for the Cleo Parker Robinson Company.

 

Shoptalk: Queering Theater

Co-presented with Vertigo Theater Company

October 3, 7:30pm

BRIC House Artist Studio

$10 Adv | $14 Door, General Admission Seated

 

Shoptalk is a casual salon-style gathering of theater makers engaging with the pressing topics that define theater today. Following on the success of last year’s lively conversation about women in theater, for this installment, we consider the experiences, struggles and victories of LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people in theater. Typically held around a dining table, this presentation opens up intimate conversations to a broad and diverse public. Moderated by Ginia Bellafante. Participants to be announced.

 

anatomy theater

Composed by David Lang

Libretto by Mark Dion and David Lang

Directed by Bob McGrath

Music Directed by Christopher Rountree

Co-presented with PROTOTYPE Festival           

January 7, 8 and 10-14

BRIC House Ballroom

$25 Adv | $28 Door, General Admission Seated

 

Based on actual 18th-century texts, anatomy theater follows the astonishing progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and, ultimately, public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers. Through the miracle of opera, she sings through it all. anatomy theater conjures a time when “specialists” traveled from town to town in pre-modern Europe, conducting public dissections of the corpses of executed criminals, seeking evidence of moral corruption in the interior of the human body. It is an idea that resonates today when, out of fear, we assign evil to some bodies and not others. Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning and Oscar-nominated composer David Lang and world-renowned visual artist Mark Dion, anatomy theater is a tuneful and grisly theatrical event.

 

 

 

BRIC Artists in Residence

 

The Knights

Fall 2016 Residency

“one of Brooklyn’s sterling cultural products… known far beyond  the borough for their relaxed virtuosity and expansive repertory.” (The New Yorker)

 

The Knights are a Brooklyn-based orchestral collective, flexible in size and repertory, dedicated to transforming the concert experience. Led by brothers Colin and Eric Jacobsen and evolving from late night chamber music reading parties among a group of friends, The Knights engage listeners and defy boundaries with programs that showcase the players’ roots in the classical tradition and passion for musical discovery. This is the second year of a special partnership between BRIC and The Knights to grow orchestral music in Brooklyn. The Knights are Artists in Residence at BRIC throughout the fall and spring seasons, rehearsing works that will be performed at BRIC and elsewhere and engaging with the community in a multitude of ways.

 

Orchestra Concert

October 22, 8pm

BRIC House Ballroom

$18 Adv | $21 Door, General Admission Seated

 

Family Concert

October 23, 2pm

BRIC House Ballroom

$10 Adv | $12 Door, General Admission Seated

 

The October program of Spanish and Spanish-influenced composers is anchored by "Master Peter's Puppet Show," a work written in the 1920s by Manuel de Falla. However, instead of traditional puppets, The Knights' performance will be accompanied by live drawings created by Bushwick-based Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad. This masterpiece of music, visual art, and narrative will be presented in its full form Saturday, October 22, and specially adapted for family audiences on October 23rd.

 

Orchestra Concert

December 10, 8pm

BRIC House Ballroom

$18 Adv | $21 Door, General Admission Seated

 

Family Concert

December 11, 2pm

BRIC House Ballroom

$10 Adv | $12 Door, General Admission Seated

 

In December, The Knights will present a specifically Brooklyn-flavored "Schubertiade." Inspired by Schubert's own intimate, salon evenings of music, poetry, song, and art, the orchestra curates a special program celebrating Brooklyn artists. The full program will be presented on Saturday evening, December 10th, with a family performance on December 11th. 
 

BRIClab Residency

BRIClab is a commissioning and residency program that offers local artists time and space to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater and multi-disciplinary performance. Work-in-progress showings, presented with moderated artist-audience dialogues, open artists’ process and creativity to BRIC’s diverse public. This fall, BRIClab features artists and projects mining ideas of migration, immigration and home.

 

Mersiha Mesihovic

BOSNIANBORN *SHE IS A REFUGEE STAR* (work-in-progress)

September 15 & 16, 7:30pm

BRIC House Artist Studio

$8 Adv | $10 Door, General Admission Seated

 

Through confessional story-telling and a raw and sensual mash-up of music, dance and film, BOSNIANBORN examines diasporic experience, identity, and the struggle for self-determination as a refugee and immigrant within the context of western society and culture. How do you legitimize your existence in the world? How do you share personal stories when they intersect with topics like genocide and fear? Mesihovic’s performance imagines and articulates the justice and liberation she seeks. Created in collaboration with filmmaker Aitor Melindibar and composer Visnja Krzic.

 

Migguel Anggelo/Mau Quiros/David Drake

The Suitcase Project (work-in-progress)

September 29 & 30, 7:30pm

BRIC House Artist Studio

$8 Adv | $10 Door, General Admission Seated

 

On the heels of an 11 city, concert tour of Russia presented by the U.S. State Department as well as a series of acclaimed, sold-out shows at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born Migguel Anggelo and his virtuosic band The Immigrants venture deeper  into an all new music-theater piece, The Suitcase Project.  Developed with and directed by Obie Award winner David Drake and composer Mau Quiros, The Suitcase Project explores issues of Hispanic immigration and assimilation into the United States of today through original music, characters and theatrical storytelling, chronicling what we carry and discard in the quest to follow our dreams.  Combining the Magic Realism of Latin literature with the pulse of a contemporary beat, Migguel Anggelo and The Immigrants give witness to the tightrope existence of being a person of two worlds in our ever expanding bilingual times. Music by Migguel Anggelo and Mau Quiros; Lyrics by Migguel Anggelo, Mau Quiros and David Drake; Musical Direction and Arrangements by Mau Quiros; Directed by David Drake; Performed by Migguel Anggelo and the Immigrants.

 

Annie Wang/Mohamed Yousry Shika/Laura X Moya
Marigram (work-in-progress)

October 27, 7:30pm

BRIC House Artist Studio

$8 Adv | $10 Door, General Admission Seated

 

Marigram is a dance and video exploration of the tidal structure of mass protests: approaching, flooding, receding. Inspired by personal connections to the 1989 protest in Tiananmen Square and the 2011 protest in Tahrir Square, Annie Wang and Mohamed Shika will present intimate vignettes of their private memories set against the backdrop of these historical events. The dances are accompanied by an original film by Laura X Moya created from newsreel footage, public and personal photographs, and original set pieces.

 

Mohamed Yousry Shika’s participation in this project is made possible with crucial support from CEC Arts Link.

 

The Commons Choir
BROOKLYN REZOUND (work-in-progress)

November 10 & 11, 7:30 pm

BRIC House Artist Studio

$8 Adv | $10 Door, General Admission Seated

 

BROOKLYN REZOUND, created by The Commons Choir in collaboration with composer Darius Jones, is an investigative musical and dance performance that delves into the history of diversity and displacement in Brooklyn and creates a multilayered, embodied sonic map of that story. The official motto of the borough is “Eendraght Maeckt Maght” (“Unity Makes Strength”). Over 40% of the borough’s population speaks a primary language other than English and over 138 languages are spoken in Kings County. In this variety of lexicons, from their range of cultural backgrounds, how do people express their aspirations for life here? What do they give up in order to move toward their goals? Uncovering often-obscured histories and rarely visible identities, this epic work proposes Brooklyn’s story as both a cautionary tale and a model to emulate for the rest of the country.

 

Geoff Sobelle

HOME (work-in-progress)

December 8 & 9, 7:30pm

BRIC House Artist Studio

$8 Adv | $10 Door, General Admission Seated

 

HOME is a large-scale, visual physical theatre performance work – combining dance, movement, illusion, live music and a lot of home-spun engineering – that explores and explodes concepts of “home” versus “house.”  In the midst of chaos and entropy, we struggle to build community, infrastructure, art and family and yet, things fall apart. During the BRIClab residency, Sobelle will pilot innovative ways of working with unprepared audience members to recollect past houses and dream of future homes and open a space for reflection on homes, homelessness, housing, building, destroying and change. Directed by Julian Crouch, choreographed by David Neumann.

 

 

BRIC TV

 

BRIC TV is an award-winning cable TV channel and digital network created by BRIC and based in its state-of-the-art media facilities in downtown Brooklyn. With an audience of influential tastemakers and a reach of millions, we are the voice of the borough — reflecting the best that Brooklyn has to offer and telling Brooklyn’s story to itself and the world at large. BRIC TV is Brooklyn without boundaries…

 

Programming airs live on (Time Warner Cable 756, Cablevision 70, Verizon 46 and livestream) and posts to YouTube daily.

BRIC Radio will be Brooklyn’s premiere non-profit podcasting network. It will produce free and accessible content, incubate emerging talent and present unique audio programming to Brooklyn and the world. The network will launch this October with a slate of five shows that continue BRIC’s dedication to diversity and to incubating media-makers. Most notable is the commission of a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Internet celebrity and Combat Jack show alum Dallas Penn, and a Caribbean news talk show with Brooklyn College Radio.  All BRIC Radio content will be available free of charge on BRIC’s web site and on a variety of podcasting platforms including SoundCloud, iTunes, Acast and Stitcher.

 

BRIC TV New Series Premieres include:

BRIC TV Investigates
BRIC TV brings investigative journalism back to community television, uncovering injustices and issues of inequality and access with cinematic shorts that are local in scope but national in impact.

 

Brooklynification
A scripted comedy about the complexities of gentrification in a changing Brooklyn neighborhood, directed by Keith Miller (Five Star, Welcome to Pine Hill), and produced by Christopher Poindexter (72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?).

 

Actually, No
A new series of mockumentary shorts that focuses on Brooklyn's most underrepresented characters—people who may or may not exist.
 

Dad Day
A new scripted comedy about what happens “when the place you grew up in ain’t the place you grew up in no more.” Dads Craig and James are from here, and they are determined to make sure James’ son Henry is raised like a real New York kid.

 

Frameworks
A new long-form film series that delves deep into a range of subject matter, going beyond the level of a slice-of-life portrait to bring the viewer on a journey as it unfolds.

 

Returning BRIC TV series include:

 

The Show About The Show
Caveh Zahedi’s critically acclaimed meta-comedy returns with his trademark wit and viscerating eye. No aspect of the entertainment business is safe – from independent TV producers to Hollywood heavyweights, Caveh maintains his devotion to radical honesty despite the mounting repercussions to his career, personal life and relationships.

BK Live
BK Live is back with the best in up-to-the-minute, hyper-local news, arts, events, sports and more. BRIC TV’s eclectic team of hosts talks to politicians and community advocates, photographers and bartenders, athletes and musicians, then heads out into the borough to bring viewers stories capturing the energy and complexity of Brooklyn today.

B-Side 
B-Side is BRIC TV’s live in- studio music series, featuring performances and interviews from Brooklyn’s hottest emerging and established musicians of all genres. B-side will also be produced as a bi-weekly podcast under the BRIC Radio initiative. Upcoming events include:

 

Chris Rob |  September 8

 

Kimberly Nichole | September 29

 

The Horse-Eyed Men | October 6

 

Paperboy Prince of the Suburbs | October 20

 

Courtnee Roze The Musical | October 27, 2016

 

Caretaker | November 3

Straight Up
A Brooklyn-style spin on the classic reporter roundtable. We invite local journalists to Brooklyn bars to swap stories from the streets and give us their take on news coverage of domestic and international events. Straight Up will also be produced as a bi-weekly podcast under the BRIC Radio initiative.

#BHeard
A short documentaries documentary series that explores social justice issues through a human lens. From a mother whose baby was born in prison, to the first undocumented lawyer in NYC — these are the stories that demand to be told, from the voice of people who are have struggled to #BHeard.

#BHeard Town Hall
BRIC TV hosts a who’s who of local politicians, activists, journalists and community members, gathered in BRIC House BRIC TV hosts local politicians, activists, journalists and community members to unpack some of the most important—and most difficult— issues facing the borough. No topic is off-limits, and no viewpoint is ignored. The next Town Hall, on October 5, focuses on innovations around policing. On December 1, the subject will be school segregation will be the main topic of discussion.

BVines
A personal documentary exploring Brooklyn politics and subcultures through the lens of BRIC TV’s Chief Correspondent, Brian Vines.  Brian authentically reveals the nuances in life—from being a Muslim Republican to choosing to live in a polyamorous community.

 

BK Stories
A weekly showcase for short films from around the borough, created by some of the area’s best producers and filmmakers.

Chef Roulette
This series pairs the city's hottest chefs with the most eclectic food finds to create nosh-worthy grub for foodies able to handle the tasting. So take a spin with us as we visit local markets and kitchens—in Brooklyn and beyond—for memorable one-of-a kind meals!

Check Out The Workout
A helpful guide to the Brooklyn fitness scene with hosts Fitness Activist Andia Winslow, and Physical Therapist Adrian Miranda.  Learn about new exercise regimens, get tips from leading instructors, and benefit from realistic advice so you can choose wisely.

Laffaholics Comedy
Join host Ray Dejon as he showcases some of the city's best emerging comics as they hit the stage at Brooklyn's Lindwood Diner in East New York. Headliners include: TK Kirkland, Brooklyn Mike, Michael Colyar, and Damon Rozier.

Brooklyn Made
A weekly showcase of makers, builders, designers and artists who are turning Brooklyn into one of the most creative places in the world.

Brooklyn Masquerading As The World
Acclaimed filmmaker Terence Nance and Chanelle Aponte Pearson (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty), along with their team at media MOVMT, direct a lyrical portrayal of some of Brooklyn’s most fascinating and unconventional residents of the borough’s creative culture.

Inside The Shaker 
What’s the cocktail culture look like from the other side of the garnish tray? Which trends do bartenders think are cool, and which ones make them want to drown their sorrows in the house vodka? How do women bartenders think things have changed–or haven’t–and what makes someone a good bar patron? Which new locally made spirits are they trying out? Which new techniques are they passing around? BRIC TV and host Ken Gray bring you behind the bar and Inside the Shaker.

In The Zone, Brooklyn Sports 
A series that explore a variety of in-depth stories and conversations that engage the viewer into the world of sports in Brooklyn and throughout New York City.

 

INTERSECTIONS

BRIC presents programming that crosses the borders of art, performance and media.

The Stoop Series

BRIC’s Stoop Series illuminates the arts and life around us in Brooklyn through artistic performances, presentations, participatory activities and dynamic conversations. Explore music, visual art, film, media, storytelling, comedy, and other creative fields.  There’s something different every Tuesday from September 20- December 6th!

Bridge to Brilliance: Nadia Lopez in Conversation with Michaela Angela Davis

September 20, 7pm

BRIC House Stoop

FREE

Audiences are invited to hear a discussion of the world of urban education through the lens of a middle school principal whose driving mission is to teach this country’s most disenfranchised and disadvantaged children. In 2015, the magnetic young principal Nadia Lopez, and the school she founded, Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn, rocketed to national fame after one of her students explained to Brandon Stanton for his wildly popular site Humans of New York that his principal “Ms. Lopez” thinks “we matter,” and she was the person who most influenced his life. The post went viral. Lopez found herself in the spotlight and headed for a meeting with President Obama. BRIDGE TO BRILLIANCE: How One Principal in a Tough Community is Inspiring the World is her first-person account of what it took to get to that moment. Lopez will talk about her work in Brooklyn and her internationally resonant story with CNN contributor, image activist, writer, feminist, and community servant Michaela Angela Davis. Images from Humans of New York blog to be featured as part of this BRIC Stoop Series event.

 

This program is a collaboration with Greenlight Bookstore.

                             
Claiming Places

September 27                  

BRIC House Stoop

FREE

How Brooklynites from all over the world are using radical gardening, technology, art-making, and wellness as tools for reclaiming public spaces and building community.A discussion and forum, with artist Juanli Carrión (Outerseed Shadow Project); Shaquana Boykin (Healthy Communities Initiative Manager, MARP); Paula Z. Segal (Executive Director, 596 Acres); Guy Buckles (Co-Executive Director, ArtBuilt Mobile Studios); and artist Esperanza Mayobre. Organized in collaboration with Juanli Carrión.
 

It’s Brewing in Brooklyn

October 4

BRIC House Stoop

FREE

It’s Brewing in Brooklyn, with food pairings from City Farms.
 

Def Stories

October 18

BRIC House Stoop

FREE

Produced by Coakley Entertainment, Def Stories is an event created to connect and engage artists, poets, bloggers, comedians, actors and remarkable community members through storytelling, art and music around a certain theme.
 

Drink & Draw: HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN

November 15

BRIC House Stoop

FREE

 

Bring your paper, pencil, and creative eye for an unconventional sketch night with the YAMS, a collective of over 38 artists, writers, composers, academics, filmmakers and performers from around the African Diaspora. Known for their uncensored voice on race, gender, identification, and sexual orientation, the artists will collaborate on one night of performance, music, artwork, and fashion.

 

MADEWITHMONO as part of MONO NO AWARE X

November 29

BRIC House Stoop

FREE

Based in Brooklyn, MONO NO AWARE is a non-profit cinema-arts organization that works to promote connectivity through the cinematic experience by supporting the presentation, preservation and production of film. MONO has a strong emphasis on education and exhibition of the moving image. BRIC presents a screening program of films shot, processed and projected on Super 8mm and 16mm here in Brooklyn by participants of MONO workshops.  Discussion with the filmmakers and members of the community, moderated by Steve Cossman, Founder and Director.
 

Brooklyn Poetry Slam
An intergenerational poetry slam and open mic, featuring Brooklyn-based poets who response to city culture, national issues, and the exhibitions on-view at BRIC House. Hosted by Mahogany L Browne & DJ Jive Poetic. All events take place on the BRIC House Stoop and are FREE with RSVP.

 

September 15

October 27

November 17

December 15

 

BRIC FLIX Film Series

BRIC FLIX is a free film screening and conversation series at BRIC House. BRIC FLIX offers premieres, shorts, new media projects, and web series that all reflect the diversity and vibrancy of Brooklyn. Each screening is followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, artists, curators, and more. BRIC FLIX is produced in is presented in partnership with renowned film organizations throughout NYC.  Once a month; all events are FREE.

 

Filmmaking: what does it mean NOW?
September 21

After 37 years in Manhattan, IFP’s signature event, IFP Film Week is moving across the river to Brooklyn! As a part of this year’s celebration of Brooklyn, BRIC FLIX teams up with IFP (Independent Filmmaker’s Project) during IFP Film Week for an evening focusing on all expansive forms of storytelling and the definition of a filmmaker in today’s modern age featuring BRIC TV’s Executive Producer, Aziz Isham on the panel and many more.

 

Social Media Superstars: The New Brand Ambassador
In partnership with the Center for Communication
October 19

Social influencers are more than their follower count. They’re creators. Artists. Filmmakers. Photographers. Entrepreneurs. They have spent years cultivating organic audiences, starting in college dorms and childhood bedrooms with a basic webcam.  With the rise of "influence marketing" there's a trend for major media companies to seek out social media influencers to grow their brands. Hear from social media/viral video superstars and the companies that love them.

 

Funny Film Fatales
November 16

BRIC is partnering with Film Fatales NYC for a look at comedic shorts and web series by, featuring or about women including a conversation on screen writing for comedy. Film Fatales is a network of women filmmakers who meet regularly to mentor each other, share resources, collaborate on projects and build a supportive community in which to make their films.

 

Film Festivals: An Inside Look
co-presented by the Margaret Mead Film Festival
December 14

Popular NYC film festival programmers will share their process and insights about their selection process featuring clips of films that they found instantly compelling. Participants include: Basil Tsiokos (Sundance Film Festival/ DOC NYC/ Nantucket Film Festival), Gabrielle Glore (Urban World Film Festival), Cara Cusumano (| Senior Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival) and Emily Haidet (Margaret Mead Film Festival)

 

FAMILY PROGRAMS

 

BRIC House Parties

Brooklyn’s best family daytime parties continue with special daytime activities, including family dance classes, gaming, art making, and other participatory activities, all ending with a family disco party.

 

Fashion Forward House Party
September 17 12pm-5pm, FREE
with RSVP
A memorable exploration of culture through fashion, textiles, quilting and art-making.

 

Where’s Brooklyn At House Party
November 12, 12pm-5pm, FREE
with RSVP
A fun-filled day of learning, sharing ideas and art-making—with a hip hop flare.

 

BRIC FamJam

A hands-on workshop for families to work together on a creative art project. From silent movies to mosaic plaque creations, these projects will celebrate the notion of home and more. For families with school age children (ages 7+).

 

            Family Journals

October 15, 11am-2pm

BRIC House Ballroom, FREE with RSVP

 

Green Screen Holiday Cards

December 10, 11am-2pm

BRIC House Ballroom, FREE with RSVP

 

EDUCATION AND MEDIA RESOURCES
 

Brooklyn Free Speech
Brooklyn Free Speech is a premier, state-of-the-art media center where filmmakers, television artists, and organizations come to learn and create innovative media. Every week we showcase over 650 hours of TV shows, film, and shorts created by Brooklyn-based community producers that reflect their perspectives on the world.

 

Watch in Brooklyn on Cablevision, Time Warner, and RCN; watch in all five boroughs on Verizon FiOS; watch online at BRICartsmedia.org/BFS

B Scene @ The Bishop: Documentary Night
September 24, 4-8pm
     
The Bishop Gallery

Join us for a viewing of community-produced documentaries that tell unique stories, and share experiences that connect with Brooklynites.  

 

B Scene @ The Bishop: Bridge The Gap Project
October 29, 4-8pm
The Bishop Gallery

Experience The Bridge the Gap art exhibited at the Bishop Gallery through the lens of Brooklyn filmmakers, in a very special project where art inspires film.  

Media Arts Fellowship Screening

November 14th, 7-10pm

BRIC House Stoop

 

Come see what the 2016 Media Arts Fellows have been up to! Attend a screening of work created by this year's Fellows, using the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, which makes BRIC's Media Education courses, equipment and facilities available to professional Brooklyn-affiliated visual artists at no charge.

 

BRIC Media Talks

This fall we will be offering a series of BRIC Media Talks featuring professionals in the TV and media production industry. These inspiring talks will feature Emmy award-winning television producers, directors, documentary filmmakers, editors, and new media producers. BRIC Media Talks are open to the public and recorded to broadcast on the Brooklyn Free Speech channels.
 

Media Talk BPL
November 28, 6-8pm
Central Library
Theme: Story Structure and Access in Documentary

 

Come hear media makers talk about developing story structure and gaining access to difficult interview subjects. 

 

Media Talk
December 15, 6-8pm
BRIC Media Center

Theme: Set Design for Television

Learn tips and tricks from an industry expert on what makes a vivid and engaging set for your television show.

 

BRIC Media Education

This fall, BRIC continues to offer their free and low-cost classes in television production, video editing, new media, and more.  Upon completion of BRIC’s basic production classes, students become Certified Community Producers and gain full access to use BRIC’s production facilities and equipment, and airtime to show their own programs.  Register for courses and find more classes at BRICartsmedia.org

 

New Courses
Digital Photography

The Manual Setting

September 16 & December 16, 10:30am-4:30pm
BRIC Media Center

Learn how to fully utilize your digital camera’s features and simple tricks to create beautiful images. We’ll discuss manual camera settings, resolution and exposure levels, and how to properly white balance to make your pictures pop.

 

Street Photography
September 20, 6:30pm-9:30pm; November 5, 10:30am-1:30pm; December 20, 2pm-5pm
BRIC Media Center

In this class you’ll learn about on-the-fly composition techniques and how to capture engaging photos of people, buildings, and public spaces. Please note that this class runs rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.

 

Shooting Effective BROLL

November 12, 10:30am-1:30pm; December 2, 2pm-5pm
BRIC Media Center

Expand your filmmaking toolkit by learning easy and effective tips on capturing beautiful BROLL footage for your documentary project or narrative film.

 

About BRIC
 

BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us.  BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.

 

Our main venue, BRIC Arts | Media House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces.

 

Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, several path-breaking public access media initiatives, including BRIC TV, and a renowned contemporary art exhibition series.  BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.

 

In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences.

 

BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression.  This dual commitment enables us to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity. 

Learn more at BRICartsmedia.org.

 

Support for BRIC

 

BRIC’s programs benefit from generous public funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; The Institute of Museum and Library Services; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Assembly Members James F. Brennan, Walter Mosley, Annette Robinson, and Jo Anne Simon; Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, and New York City Council Members Inez Barron, Robert Cornegy, Laurie Cumbo, Rafael Espinal, Mathieu Eugene, Vincent Gentile, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Darlene Mealy, Mark Treyger, and Jumaane Williams.
 

Additional private support is provided by American Express, Astoria Bank, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations, Bloomingdale’s, Con Edison, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America, Ford Foundation, Forest City Ratner Companies, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Laurence W. Levine Foundation, The New York Community Trust, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Oppenheim Family Foundation, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Shubert Organization, TD Bank, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, as well as numerous individual supporters. BRIC’s media programs are made possible by generous funding from Verizon, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable.

Press contact: Blake Zidell, John Wyszniewski or Ron Gaskill at Blake Zidell & Associates:

718.643.9052, blake@blakezidell.com, john@blakezidell.com or ron@blakezidell.com.

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